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Poster: WillCo Date: Jun 14, 2011 7:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

I don't think anyone can improve on your (Althea Rose's) observations that when Brent takes the lead vocal "it's some other band"; and that his songs were "... terrible. They're not GD...". It's as if the spell is broken, every time.

However there's sometimes lots to like in his keyboard work. I even like the stuff that has been described by someone as "bug-squishing sounds". I'm thinking of Dick's Pick v13 from 1981-05-06, that amazing sequence from He's Gone outro > Caution > Spanish Jam; and the other Dick's Pick, v6 from 1983-10-14, where Brent plays a big part in the whole of CD Two (Scarlet > Fire; Estimated > Eyes).

Good audience recordings for each show, as well:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-05-06.glassberg.vernon.17697.sbeok.shnf
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1983-10-14.senn421.wise.miller.103233.flac16

This post was modified by WillCo on 2011-06-14 14:02:44